Was I lucky or what? (reservations at Dinner by HB)
So we had the flu bug last week after a rainy foodie trip to San Francisco (French Laundry, Atelier Crenn, Manresa ... nice lot). Woke up at 2:30 soaking wet with chills and couldn't get to sleep, so at 3 A.M. logged on to the Fat Duck site (we're on USA west coast time) and actually got a Fat Duck reservation for April. Yeah!
Then added Hedone the day after and tried to get air tix but needed to stay a week for cheaper tix, so added Ledbury (last table open that day, I think). Finally, though I heard it was a tough ticket, tried for Dinner by HB on the one possible day we had open ... and got that as well.
Couldn't believe my luck ... until today when I read that Dinner shut down last week after a norovirus outbreak. Ah well, that explains why they had a lot of openings a few weeks out I guess.
We are still very eager to go though. Should be an epic foodie trip.
Congrats - A pretty full on itinerary - it will be interesting to hear comparative reviews.
Ref Dinner It wasn't last week - he closed it down on the 2nd of Feb for a week so it's been reopened for some time.
Heston is probably wise to be cautious as he was criticised for some of the actions taken at the Fat Duck when they also has a Norovirus outbreak back in 2009. That said it's not a uncommon infection and generally gets passed around quite easily when there is in an outbreak so often not attributable to one place.